It's out, Mercedes has finally showed the world, their new niche, we are talking about the CLS Shooting Brake (initially called Break, the German automaker, has been changing the name in the process). But, what is this, where to catalog it? "quite clearly a coupé, but with five doors and a roof which continues through to the rear." - at least that's what Mercedes stated, don't worry you are not the only one who doesn't understand it.
Looking over their statement, the Shooting Brake is an estate version of the CLS, with a prolonged arched roof line, that goes all the way to the trunk loading area, it does look sleek and it's an ingenius design from Mercedes.
If we look at the tech specs, it measures 4,956mm long, 1,881mm wide and 1,413 mm tall. It's the same width with the CLS sedan, but 16mm longer and more interesting, 3mm lower than the saloon.
In Europe, Mercedes puts to use 4 engines, which include two diesels, the CLS 250 CDI with a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo rated at 201hp (204PS) and the CLS 350 CDI powered by a 3.0-liter V6 delivering 261hp (265PS), and two petrol models, the CLS 350 with a 302hp (306PS) 3.5-liter V6 and the CLS 500 sporting a 4.7-liter V8 turbo producing 402hp (408PS).
The CLS 350 CDI and the CLS 500 will also be offered with Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
Another good news is that there's the AMG version coming in 2013 and it might be powered by the same 5.5-liter bi-turbocharged V8 rated at 530bhp (537PS) in standard trim, that's found in the saloon.